Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tina the Musical

Aldwych Theatre, London. Thursday 31-January-2019.

Supper beforehand at Roka, Aldwych. The food was excellent and they do a deal - 2 courses and a glass of bubbles for £26 per person. Also conveniently very close to the theatre.

The show was a straightforward, linear biography stuffed full of the greatest hits. The lead singer was the outrageously talented and gorgeous Adrienne Warren.

Michael Billington at The Guardian writes: Phyllida Lloyd’s musical is a heady celebration of triumph over adversity, with an astonishing turn by Adrienne Warren.
"But the show rests on the shoulders of Warren, who is rarely off stage and who is simply astonishing. Above all, she captures the fact there is not one Tina Turner but several. Warren shows how Tina develops and changes as a singer and how, in moving to rock stardom, she retains her ferocious energy while introducing occasional notes of plangent melancholy. Warren also conveys Tina’s growth from stoical victim of Ike’s cruelty into a woman of defiant confidence. On top of all that, she dances up a storm in a way that had the audience on its feet even before the curtain call. [...] As bio-musicals go, this is as good as it gets." Full review...

A special mention should also go to the very talented girl who plays the young Tina and sings several songs with great power.

A fantastic evening out.

No comments: